Acorn Overseas Charity for Children is a UK registered charity (Number 1167805) started in 2009 by Natasha Whiting, to support underprivileged children abroad.
Our charity was founded on the belief that all children in society should be able to have access to love, food, shelter and education. The aim is to provide individuals with an education and to make sure that every penny raised goes directly to them.
About Natasha Whiting
I founded Acorn Overseas in 2009.
After working in emergency aid relief on the 2004 tsunami and supporting multiple projects throughout 7 years of living in Thailand. Why was I there? I’m still not really sure why, I guess to put it simply I fell in love, fell in love with the people upon seeing how they stuck together after the tragedy so I started something that would give me a connection to Thailand and Myanmar (Burma) when I was not there in person.
Whilst in Thailand I became disheartened with the way charities, in my eyes didn’t go to the root of the problem and get more involved. It felt like everything was done from plush hotels, and behind the tinted windows of 4x4’s that rolled through camps, orphanages and disaster zones. I was put into contact with an orphanage that was established to care for the basic needs of “Ghost Children” (Children who have lost their identity due to persecution and abandonment) from Myanmar that was going through some serious difficulties. I attempted to appeal to multiple NGO’s (non government organisations) to help with the orphanage and no one would offer more than a bag of rice a month as the problem wasn’t "big enough”. In October 2008, the irregular support they did have from America abandoned them with nothing, so myself and a friend stepped in to provide support for them in every which way we could.
So I started the charity in order to support this small home of children who were abandoned and orphaned due to situations you may not even be able to imagine. Since then we grew from 7 to 50 children, we built a home, we were donated a truck to get the children to school, and we dug, as running water is rare.
Since then, we have become an education focused charity, making sure migrant children receive a proper rounded education, and are taught by qualified teachers from around the world.
My plans for the future is to keep raising awareness and money to provide a better standard of education to the migrant children in the area, and to make sure they receive equal opportunities for a brighter future.
I hope that in the coming years, people will run the London marathon for us, companies will make us their charity of the year and we can continue to make a huge difference.
“why not”? -Natasha Whiting.